ESPN's 'College GameDay' May Feature President Barack Obama and Tiger Woods
President Barack Obama may be coming to ESPN's College GameDay.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports on the latest programming news from around the sports world, most notably the cameos expected for one highly popular college football show:
ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Lee Fitting told SI.com this week that representatives from both the White House and (Tiger) Woods have reached out to express interest in appearing on the show.
As Deitsch notes, the show that previews and debates the day's complement of football games has had a bevy of high-profile stars stop by to laugh it up and offer opinions.
Still, there is nobody bigger than President Obama, and Woods continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in any sport. Nabbing both for a brief stint on some Saturday would be huge for the already very popular show.
I want more opinion. I don't want screaming. I don't want yelling. I don't want slamming the desk. That's not what our show is about. But I do want people to take a side and be passionate about it. Now, our guys on set already have good opinions. This isn't an overhaul of the show. We just want to keep strong opinions coming.
The thought of a change of any sort should be met with some reservations, especially when there is a renewed emphasis on opinions.
The fear is that the show could evolve into the second coming of First Take, the debate show featuring two screaming heads in Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. It should be noted, though, that any scaling back of "screaming" and "yelling" can be seen as a good sign.
It sounds like any change in the show and how it offers football opinions would be minor. In a sense, you will still get a great deal of Lee Corso mania.
Speaking of which, Deitsch concludes his interview by allowing Fitting some thoughts on the inevitable departure of the show's most colorful character:
He has done more for the sport of college football over the last 20 years than almost anyone, and the beauty of Coach is you see him once a week for two hours. ... I think about it from time to time, but he is irreplaceable. Someone will take his seat but you are not going to replace Lee Corso. Just even to think about it gets me bothered.
It's time to savor a good thing while you have it, college football fans. Corso is signed through the 2013-2014 season, so don't miss a moment.
It's almost fitting the show would procure some of its biggest guests as its greatest contributor presumably inches closer to his departure.
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